As you probably know, Sony has announced that the new episode of the State of Play program , focusing on the Hogwarts Legacy game, will air on the morning of Friday, March 18th. The event will be 20 minutes long and a demo of the game’s gameplay will be released and information from the game’s story section will be shared.
Also, all the shows have been recorded from the PS5 console and are scheduled to be shown. But the question arises here, which has aroused much curiosity. Why is Sony planning to do massive marketing for this non-exclusive game? We will examine this issue in the following.
Why Is Sony Hosting The Hogwarts Legacy Gaming Event?
State of Play events usually feature screenings of upcoming PlayStation games. In recent years, with the reduction of face-to-face events, Sony has introduced new plans for the State of Play event. In May 2020, Sony announced that part of the State of Play program would have an 18-minute preview of The Last of Us Part II. The following month, Sony dedicated another part of the program to Ghost of Tsushima.
At that time, everyone realized what Sony’s policies were and what plans it had to introduce its games. This form of performance continued last year with Deathloop, Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart. This year, another Sony exclusive, Gran Turismo 7, is in the works. The latest state-of-the-art game was Ghostwire Tokyo, which is a time-exclusive for the PlayStation 5 console.
But Hogwarts Legacy is different from other programs. In addition to the PS5 and PS4, the game is set to be released for Xbox and PC consoles. There has been no talk of the game being time-exclusive for PlayStation consoles. It is strange why Sony is planning to launch a special event for a multi-platform game. When we look at statistics and numbers, a little bit becomes clear to us. Sony and Warner Bros. Games made big deals. The game was unveiled at the PS5 Showcase, and its initial trailer received nearly 28 million views on platforms . The same number of hits shows that the Hogwarts Legacy is a great opportunity for Sony. But it is still strange that Sony has valued this game as its own monopoly.
Hogwarts Legacy has no specific release date. The game was originally scheduled for release in 2021, but was delayed at the beginning of the year, and according to Warner, the game will be released in 2022. Most likely, in this event, the release date of the game will be determined. Most state-of-the-art games have a close release date, so it is unlikely that Hogwarts Legacy will have an early release date.
But according to a Q&A on Warner Bros., Warner Bros. stated that Rowling has no direct role in making the game, but that the foundation of the game is based on what he has created. After all, Hogwarts is a place created from Rowling’s writings, and all the elements inside this magical place were created by him. Elements that may be a major part of the gameplay.